white grub

noun

Definition of white grub

: a grub that is a destructive pest of grass roots and is the larva of various beetles and especially june bugs

Examples of white grub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no one fix-all/kill-all application for adult beetles and their larvae/white grub offspring. Betty Cahill, The Know, "Japanese beetles are heading back to our gardens. Here’s how to fight them off.," 23 June 2020 Keeping lawns on the drier side during peak egg-laying months (July-August) will reduce eggs from growing to the next larvae/white grub stage. Betty Cahill, The Know, "Japanese beetles are heading back to our gardens. Here’s how to fight them off.," 23 June 2020 There are insecticides labeled for control of white grubs in turf. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Garden murder mysteries: What killed this Indian Hawthorn, Asian jasmine, St. Augustine grass and yaupon holly?," 26 Dec. 2019 The browning grass looks like damage of white grub worms. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Pecans failing to mature a sign that spraying is needed," 26 Sep. 2019 Females lay batches of up to 75 eggs in balls of soil below ground, which eventually turn into large white grubs. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Noticing more beetles? Here's why June beetles are bugging you," 17 July 2019 The best management tools are based on knowing this insect’s life cycle — both the adult and their larva (white grub) stages cause plant damage. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 Could the epic bad winter of 2019 have killed the gooey white grubs that over-winter just a few inches below the surface of turf grass? Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 These types actually combat a variety of pest species, including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018

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1740, in the meaning defined above

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“White grub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20grub. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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